15 MAY 2012 General News Ottawa, Canada

Eaton and Dix confirmed for Canadian series stops

Ashton Eaton of the United States competes in the Men's Pole Vault in the Heptathlon during day two - WIC Istanbul (Getty Images)Ashton Eaton of the United States competes in the Men's Pole Vault in the Heptathlon during day two - WIC Istanbul (Getty Images) © Copyright
World Championships medallists Ashton Eaton and Walter Dix have joined the rosters for a pair of stops on the Canadian National Track League next month.

Eaton, the World indoor Heptathlon champion, will compete at Vancouver's Harry Jerome International Track Classic on 10 June while Dix, a double Olympic and 2011 World Championships sprint medallist, will be among the headliners at the Donovan Bailey Invitational in Edmonton on 16 June.

Eaton, the 2011 World Championships silver medallist in the Decathlon, broke his own World indoor record in the Heptathlon at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul in March. Eaton will travel with coach Harry Marra to Vancouver on 9 June from Des Moines, Iowa, where they will be at the NCAA championships to support Eaton's fiancée, Brianne Theisen of Humboldt, Saskatchewan. Theisen is currently the world leader in the Heptathlon after her 6353-point tally last week at the PAC 12 Combined Events Championships. Eaton will run in two or three events at Jerome Classic as a final tune up before the US Olympic Trials in Eugene two weeks later.

Dix, the two-time Olympic bronze and two-time World silver medallist, will headline a strong 200m field in Edmonton that is expected to eclipse the 20-second barrier, a feat that has never been accomplished on Canadian soil. 

"This will be my first trip to Edmonton, and I am looking forward to seeing a part of Canada I’ve never been to," said Dix, who opened his 200m season with a 20.02 victory at the Samsung Diamond League opener in Doha last Friday. "It will be great to line up against some of the world’s top athletes and compete to the best of my ability."

In Edmonton Dix will join Jamaican Yohan Blake, the World 100m champion, as a major headliner. 

Both competitions are part of Athletics Canada’s National Track League series which in 2012 will also make stops in Victoria, Moncton, Halifax and Toronto.

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